Partnership working has been a central feature of New Labour's approach to the delivery of health and social policy since 1997. A number of partnership-based initiatives have centred on reducing health inequalities and improving health. This article reports on the findings from a systematic review of the impact of partnership working on public health, and considers whether these partnerships have delivered better health outcomes for local/target populations. It finds that there is little evidence that partnerships have produced better health outcomes for local/target populations or reduced health inequalities.
Perkins, N., Smith, K., Hunter, D. J., Bambra, C., & Joyce, K. (2010). "What counts is what works"? New Labour and partnerships in public health. Policy & Politics, 38(1), 101-117. https://doi.org/10.1332/030557309X458425